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Medicare Levy & Surcharge
The Medicare Levy is a
tax paid by Australian residents to cover health care charges.
The levy is payable on taxable income, and is in addition to your income tax. Individuals and families on higher incomes who do not have an appropriate level of private hospital cover may have to pay the Medicare levy surcharge.
From 1 July 2012, the private health insurance rebate and Medicare levy surcharge will be income tested against the income tier thresholds in the below table. Your rebate percentage entitlement will be reduced as your income tier rises.
The Medicare Levy Surcharge is in addition to the 1.5% Medicare levy. It is calculated at the rate of 1%, 1.25% or 1.5% of:
The Medicare levy is normally calculated at 1.5% of your taxable income but this rate can vary depending on the individual's circumstances.
You may be exempt from the levy or it may be reduced if you:
From 1 July 2014, the government will increase the Medicare levy from 1.5% to 2%.
Medicare Levy - Individuals 2012/2013:
Medicare Levy - Families 2012/2013:
(1) No Medicare Levy is payable below the Lower Income Limit.
(2) The rate of 10% of the difference between the taxable income and the lower income limit is payable where the taxable income does not exceed the upper income limit.
(3) The full rate of 1.5% levy is applicable above the Upper Income Limit.
If you have more than four dependent children or students, for each
additional child or student:
A Medicare levy calculator is available at the ATO website to help you calculate your financial obligation.
For more information see the Medicare levy essentials homepage on the ATO website.
The 2012/2013 annual threshold for the net medical expenses tax offset of 20% is $2,120.